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Ashton Kutcher Resigns From Anti-Child Sex Abuse Org After Backlash Over Danny Masterson Support Letter: It Was an ‘Error in Judgement’

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Zack Sharf Digital News Director Ashton Kutcher has resigned from Thorn, the anti-child sex abuse organization that he co-founded in 2009 with then-wife Demi Moore.

Kutcher served as Thorn’s chairman of the board, while his current wife, Mila Kunis, was an observer on the organization’s board.

She is stepping down as well, Time reports. Thorn published Kutcher’s letter to the board announcing his resignation. He cited the backlash he received after it was revealed he and Kunis wrote letters of support on behalf of Danny Masterson ahead of his sentencing for rape. “After my wife and I spent several days of listening, personal reflection, learning, and conversations with survivors and the employees and leadership at Thorn, I have determined the responsible thing for me to do is resign as Chairman of the Board, effectively immediately,” Kutcher wrote. “I cannot allow my error in judgment to distract from our efforts and the children we serve.” “Victims of sexual abuse have been historically silenced and the character statement I submitted is yet another painful instance of questioning victims who are brave enough to share their experiences,” Kutcher continued. “This is precisely what we have all worked to reverse over the last decade.” “The mission must always be the priority and I want to offer my heartfelt apology to all victims of sexual violence and everyone at Thorn who I hurt by what I did,” he concluded. “And to the broader advocacy community, I am deeply sorry.

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